You can already tell by the title of this article that we are going to be talking about one of the most taboo topics in anime. No, it is not hentai. Get your minds out of the gutter. We are talking about when anime end, but we are not ready to bid it farewell. We never really are able to be completely content with an anime ending, and that is most likely because, with the debut of a new season, the onslaught of shows has us forget what it was about the shows from last season that we enjoyed. We do not forget them completely, but can you name and describe all the shows you watched in Fall 2016 without looking at an anime list, myanimelist, hummingbird, or any of the alternatives? You might be able to recall some, but not all of them. And even then, detailed information is even harder to recall. The other reason could be that we are all just greedy and do not want things to come to an end, but as the saying goes “All good things must come to an end.”
Spring 2017 has really been good to us after previous lackluster seasons. We have finally gotten the long awaited 2nd Season of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), the 2nd season of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), Danmachi Sword Oratoria, Ero Manga Sensei, Re:CREATORS, and gems like Warau Salesman NEW, Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?, Fukumenkei Noise, Tsuki ga Kirei, and many more. But eventually in a few weeks, we have to say goodbye to them all. Well, not all of them. Re:CREATORS is two cours but still, it is difficult to say goodbye to so many shows that have made an impact on us. Welcome to our list of four shows that we just do not want to say goodbye to!
1. Renai Boukun (Love Tyrant)
Because I work for an anime company like Honey’s Anime, there are very few anime that I have the time to sit down and watch when they come out. However, for some reason Renai Boukun with its almost anti-harem setup, the openness of everyone in the kiss note (is it kiss phone now? maybe the kiss app?), the hilarity of Akane and her yandere tendencies, and the airheaded-ness of Guri, is one of very very few anime this season that I watch when it is released. It really has made an impact on me. I am always laughing about something when I watch this show.
I think if this show were a true harem, the appeal of the show would be terrible since it’s all stereotypes. Since Seiji is not all about getting in everyone’s pants and–shocker–respects the women around him while being modest, it lends to not only a main character that is relatable, but also enjoyable. There is also nothing boring about the characters themselves. There are no real minuses other than I am not a fan of Shikimi because I think she needs to have several seats, but other than that, everyone is enjoyable in their own way. I really am just sad to see this one go. It really has felt like a breath of fresh air into the harem genre and those anime fans who have seen this show are better off for having seen it.
2. Alice to Zouroku (Alice & Zouroku)
Alice to Zouroku was something that I put on my “maybe watch” list after hearing from others that the first two episodes are not what the series appears to be. I do the three episode test for my anime that I watch. I hit the first three episodes and I loved it! Alice to Zouroku reminds me of Dennou Coil or Rozen Maiden for some reason and I think it really hits the concept perfectly. Admittedly though, I was busy in May and did not watch a couple episodes and I realized that I had a bunch I could watch. I decided to go ahead and sit down for a five episode mini-marathon and my heart broke. This is the cutest adventure anime ever and it really does the story of a little girl working her way into a family with a slightly grumpy old man perfectly. Her backstory is sad and tragic when you find out everything that has happened at the laboratory, the old man need some new life in his life, and the silly granddaughter Sanae is a perfect setup to showcase how special Sana is.
Of course though, we cannot talk about Alice to Zouroku without talking about their special powers and just how cool it is to see them fight. Watching Sana fight Asahi and Yonaga, you know that the series is going to be a good hit. It has proven time and time again to be a great watch from start to finish. Also the opening song, Wonder Drive by ORESAMA, is great and I totally recommend that you check it out! It won’t be too long though before we say goodbye Alice to Zouroku, so get your fill now.
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3. Natsume Yuujinchou 6th Season (Natsume's Book of Friends 6)
I have a confession to make: I only got into Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends) last year. Then, within a month, I’d made my way through all available episodes. That’s just how hooked I am. As far as I’m concerned, Natsume Yuujinchou is the perfect slice of life anime. It’s got that calming pastel palette, soft animation, and soothing soundtrack - but it also has the ability to punch you right in the feels. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cry at almost every episode. It’s just so touching to watch Natsume grow and face his fears, his past, and his current self.
In fact, all the characters are amazing. They’re individuals full of life, and you grow to love them for all their positive and negative traits - whether they’re youkai or human, part of the regular cast or a one-off character for a particular episode. It’s also never boring, with an episodic format meaning every story is neatly wrapped up within the episode, but a deeper, thought-provoking understory runs throughout the entire series.
I’ll be really sad to say goodbye to Natsume and company again, despite this being the sixth season. All I can do is hope that a seventh will be on its way soon! I’m ready, bring on the tears.
4. Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
I think it would be something of an understatement to say that Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine is my favourite anime of the season. It’s got nearly everything I could wish for in one series. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if it had BL potential, it would be my perfect anime. I haven’t felt this drawn into an anime since Ouran High School Host Club all those years ago (and yes, I feel as old as I sound). As someone who falls for anime based on characters more than any other factor, I fell hard for Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine from the very first episode.
I didn’t start watching this anime with particularly high hopes. Sure, the characters are gorgeous, but that was probably about it, right? Wrong. Each of the princes are well-rounded, having both strengths and flaws that are somehow both ridiculous and realistic at the same time. I also didn’t expect to like the Royal Tutor Heine, as he’s not my type (yeah, I’m shallow when it comes to anime boys) but I ended up falling in love with him, too. Every character stands up on their own, and everyone is hilarious. Now, things are heating up with the (ridiculously hot) enemy character’s arrival, and I can’t help but feel that 12 episodes just isn’t going to be enough. I need more, more I tell you!
So there we have it, our four anime we just don't want to say goodbye to. But with just a couple of weeks left of the spring 2017 season, needs must... Which anime are you reluctant to let go of this season? Let us know in the comments below!